Tag: service changes

North Side advocates win resumption of key portion of #11 Lincoln bus

After three years of relentless aldermanic pressure and rider complaints, the CTA will bring back the #31 31st Street bus and a crucial portion of the #11 Lincoln as part of a pilot project. The CTA last week also set Dec. 21 as the date for resumption of the rush-hour express bus service on Ashland and... Read more »

Going to Blackhawks parade, rally via CTA? Stick to trains

With 30 bus routes adversely affected by the Chicago Blackhawks victory parade and rally, the best best way to get around Friday will be via CTA train. CTA’s Red and Blue subway lines and Brown, Green, Pink and Orange elevated lines are your best bet for fans heading downtown for either the parade or rally... Read more »

Red Line south track work begins; how to find your way during construction

Today I boarded southbound Red Line trains with unfamiliar destination signs. One said it was headed to Roosevelt as its last stop. The other noted Ashland/63rd as its terminus. And no, I was not time-traveling back to the 1980s and early ’90s, when the Red Line south traveled along the now Green Line tracks. Yes,... Read more »

Farewell for 5 months to Dan Ryan Red Line

All you south Red Line riders: wipe a tear and say a prayer Friday for your last weekday commute as the Dan Ryan branch prepares to close for five months on Sunday. By now I hope you’ve mapped out your alternative commute for Monday. If not, the CTA has plenty of options. And be sure... Read more »

CTA's bus and rail decrowding plan is working

The plan to reduce crowding on buses and trains is working, according to a first quarter “report card” issued today by the CTA. The CTA’s decrowding plan reduced overcrowding on many bus routes by 28 percent in the first quarter of 2013 when compared to the first quarter of 2012. On CTA’s rail lines, overcrowding... Read more »

Round 2 of CTA commuting pain: Wells St. bridge to close late Friday

CTA commuters to the Loop and River North face another nine days of commuting hell starting late Friday when the Wells Street bridge closes for reconstruction through May 5. Those of us who have been through this know it takes some planning and patience to get through. Here are the basics. And it looks like... Read more »

New spring schedules: CTA expands some bus, rail service too

Last week I reported that the #151 Sheridan nightowl service was being eliminated, among other service changes that went into effect March 31. It turns out the CTA also is increasing service, though that news was not so prominently spotlighted. So here you go, according to a CTA spokesperson: Three additional Blue Line PM trips... Read more »

CTA cuts late-night service on #151 Sheridan bus

Another bus bites the dust – well, at least overnight service will stop March 31 on the popular #151 Sheridan. Starting on Sunday, the last northbound overnight trip will leave Union Station at 1:25 a.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 1 a.m. on Sundays and holidays. The first southbound trip will leave Clark/Devon at 4... Read more »

CTA service changes for Wells St. bridge closure promise some long commutes

CTA service changes for Wells St. bridge closure promise some long commutes
I figured the CTA commute would be rough during the two nine-day periods that the Wells Street Bridge is closed to CTA traffic, but it looks like it could be worse than I thought. The CTA announced its service plan for the bridge closure March 1 to March 11, and April 26 to May 6.... Read more »

Why bother? CTA publishes new rail time tables effective Sunday

New schedules for the CTA’s eight rail lines go into effect on Sunday. I’m not sure the schedules are worth the millions of pixels required to publish them on the Internet. Perhaps the CTA is required to publish them. Admittedly, they are useful for those ride very early or very late to determine when the... Read more »